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Recognition for hero was well deserved

The city of Sterling has honored a passerby who stopped to help two people escape a burning house. The episode shows that, in an emergency, an alert and involved citizenry can make all the difference.

Published: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Not everyone wins special recognition from the Sterling City Council for heroic service.

Then again, not everyone has done what Jordan Young did.

April 4 appeared to be a normal Thursday morning. Young, an assistant manager at Walgreens, was on his way to work. As he drove on East LeFevre Road near Platt Park, he spotted something unusual.

A column of smoke billowed above the vicinity of East Seventh Street.

Young had two options: stop and investigate, or drive on.

He made the right choice.

As Fire Chief Gary Cook put it Monday night, “You could have driven by, but you didn’t.”

And that made all the difference.

Young headed toward the smoke. It was rising from a house in the 2000 block of East Seventh Street. Learning from a bystander that firefighters had been summoned, Young went to the back door and knocked repeatedly until one occupant awoke and answered the door.

Then Young helped a second occupant, who had been sleeping in a front living room, also get out safely.

Though firefighters quickly arrived on the scene and put out the flames, Young didn’t wait around. He had to get to work.

But that didn’t mean his good deed would go unrewarded.

On Monday night, the Sterling City Council presented Young with its Citizen Involvement award for saving two lives. Mayor Skip Lee said Young’s actions made him proud. Then, the audience gave Young a standing ovation.

It was well deserved.

Our police officers and firefighters can’t be everywhere at once. In an emergency situation, an alert and involved citizenry can make all the difference.

Once again, that notion has been reinforced by a caring everyday hero.

We salute you, Jordan Young.

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